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Fortune in Two Old Trunks, A (Part I)


Published ca. 1951


The origin of California's prune (now officially called "dried plum") industry.


Run time 13:40
Producer All-Scope Pictures, Inc.
Sponsor Sunsweet Prunes
Audio/Visual Sd, C

Shotlist

Shot of Santa Clara Valley and San Jose. Shot of stagecoach and horse team. Shots of plums becoming prunes and processing techniques and practices. Shots of automatic machines filling cartons with prunes. Prunes being used in different food presentations.

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Reviews

Reviewer: Christine Hennig - - November 16, 2006
Subject: A Film That Keeps You Regular
Also available for download from Prelinger Archive). This film tells you way more than you want to know about prunes. About half of it tells the story of Louis Pellier, a Frenchman who brought the first cuttings of French prune trees to California and started the prune industry there. This is told very dramatically with actors, but with no dialogue, just narration and dramatic music, which, of course, provides ample opportunity for the viewer to supply his or her own dialogue in the form of msting. The other half of the film is the standard growing, harvesting, and packaging of produce film, featuring Sunsweet employees wearing uniforms that make them look like nurses. Near the end, we are treated to a number of tasty dishes that can be made with prunesââNOT! These are truly disgusting-looking, folks. All in all, this is your typical growerâs film, though on a subject that automatically increases its camp value.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: ****. Weirdness: ***. Historical Interest: ****. Overall Rating: ****.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - June 14, 2003
Subject: "All Prunes Are Plums But Not All Plums Are Not Prunes"
In this neverending odyssey of prunes, we start with a somewhat needless history of the guy who brought the Prune to America. After about 10 minutes of a somewhat grinding history of what brought the prune to North America, the film suddenly shifts focus to the growth and distribution of this wonder fruit. It's an interesting process, one which, well, if you've ever wanted to know how Plums are made into prunes, now is your chance. The film concludes with a ghastly display of what can be made from prunes (Prune pie! 7 day Prune cake (always fresh!). A somewhat dry(ed) film with somewhat interesting highlights.
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